The most effective way to prevent domestic & sexual violence is to work together as a community.

This Protocol outlines what happens when services and providers respond to sexual and domestic violence. It is designed to help service providers work together effectively and for the public to have a clearer understanding of how services and providers respond to sexual and domestic assault situations. The Protocol is the working agreement between the protocol partners with a focus on collaborative and consistent service response that increases safety, reduces risks, and helps to prevent further assaults in our community.

Violence Prevention Grey Bruce developed the Protocol with the Protocol Partners to provide direction and information for community service providers, the people who use services because of domestic or sexual violence, and the public. The Protocol outlines:

  • The justice and social service response to sexual and intimate partner violence as set out in the law, provincial policy, and service mandates,
  • The roles and responsibilities of justice and social service organizations and their staff/volunteers,
  • The way the protocol partners collaborate to reduce risks, help people navigate services and manage cases,
  • The way services include a trauma and violence informed approach when responding to domestic and sexual violence,
  • The way the protocol partners and the public can bring forward complaints or recommendations to improve service collaboration and consistency.

This protocol outlines ways we can improve collaboration to reduce and manage risk.